Thursday, October 15, 2009

Steve Schmidt Defends Palin Pick

From Arkansas News

[T]he top strategist for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign defended the decision to pick Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate.

Former McCain adviser Steve Schmidt praised Palin during remarks at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, despite having said earlier this month that a Palin presidential nomination would be “catastrophic” for the GOP.

“I believe to this day that had she not been picked as the vice presidential candidate, we would never have been ahead — not for one second, not for one minute, not for one hour, not for one day,” Schmidt said today.

Schmidt said the former Alaska governor has “great talents,” and putting her on the ticket generated enough excitement to transform the race. Other circumstances worked against McCain, however, he said.

“We were three points ahead on Sept. 15 when the stock market crashed, and then the
election was over,” he said.

Asked after the talk if he stood by his recent critical comments about Palin’s viability as a presidential candidate, Schmidt said he did.

“I said what I said on the 2012 (race). … I said what I said today,” he told reporters.
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